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    Author(s): Ramesh Paudyal; Neelam C. Poudyal; J.M. Bowker; Adrienne M. Dorison; Stanley J. Zarnoch; Gary T. Green
    Date: 2015
    Source: Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Southern Research Station
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    Trout in Georgia could experience early impacts from climate change as the streams in the region are located at the southern most edge of their North American home range. This study surveyed trout anglers in Georgia to understand how anglers perceive the potential impact of climate change on trout, and whether and how their perception and response to declines in trout populations vary among anglers of different value orientations. A multivariate cluster analysis based on anglers' beliefs about protection and use of nature and sport fish yielded four segments, and anglers showed a notable variation in risk perception, as well as behavioral intention to reduce fishing trips to their preferred sites. The “Protectionists”, followed by “Pluralists”, were relatively more aware of risk and likely to reduce trips to affected fishing sites. The “Distanced” were neither strong believers nor deniers, whereas the “Dominionistic” were the least concerned about climate risk and least likely to change their recreation pursuits with forecast declines in trout populations. Results imply that trout anglers are more concerned about the possible impact of climate change in the future than now. In addition, the differences in social and cultural values may serve as barriers among certain angler groups in perceiving the risk of climate change and adapting to changing resources.

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    Paudyal, Ramesh; Poudyal, Neelam C.; Bowker, J.M.; Dorison, Adrienne M.; Zarnoch, Stanley J.; Green, Gary T. 2015. A value orientation approach to assess and compare climate change risk perception among trout anglers in Georgia, USA. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism 11:22–33. 12p.


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    behavioral intention, climate risk, concern, Georgia, trout fishing, value orientation

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